PLAYING WITH ICE
Kashmir Life|March 21, 2021
Shakir Ashraf meets the Kashmir ice skater who represented India in Europe
Shakir Ashraf

Basharat Ahad Mir, 17, a Parimpora (Srinagar) resident, became the first ice skater from Kashmir to win the gold medal in 2019 in Belarus Europe. A student of the twelfth class at Burn Hall School in Srinagar, he has been playing with snow throughout till he graduated in the game and started playing on the ice. He is a science student.

“When I was in the third standard, I started participating in roller skating, cycling, and ice skating,” Mir said. “I want to reach the Olympics, as ice skating is an Olympic game. I prefer to take part in short track speed ice skating.”

It was in his LKG class when he won a race in school. After that, he continued to take part in athletic sports.

“During a sports event at Bakshi Stadium, Mohammad Asharaf Dijoo, General Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir Ice Skating Association was impressed by my performance and he asked me to join them,” Mir remembers.

Ice skating is the self-impulsion of a person across a sheet of ice, using metal blade ice skates to glide on the ice surface. The blade is almost 0.1mm in thickness.

Mir started ice skating at the age of 11 in Gulmarg, Kashmir’s own winter sports base. He used to travel from Srinagar to Gulmarg by bicycle.

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